George Lucas announces his retirement. Sort of.

After years of being a totally brilliant sci-fi filmmaker, and then quite a few more year of ruining all the really great sci-fi films he made, George Lucas has decided that he’s done with Hollywood. Are we glad? We think we might be quite glad. But apparently it doesn’t mean he’ll be done with making movies altogether – he’s going to park himself on a bench in his garage and start making micro-budget features OLD SKOOL. Sure, George. Whatever keeps you away from Greedo.

According to an interview he did with Empire magazine the bearded Sith deviser wants to distance himself from Lucas Arts altogether, stating:

“I’m moving away from the company, I’m moving away from all my businesses, I’m finishing all my obligations and I’m going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I’ve always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres.”

More experimental, eh? Is Lucas about to get all Lynch on us? Either way, this sounds like excellent good news for the Star Wars universe – although, if it means that Georgey is going to be making his money from revenue of past films alone does this mean EVEN MORE blu-ray special editions, DVDs, and Yoda doing the Vodafone adverts? Oh God. How much more money can be milked from the delicate Jedi master?

Intrigued to see what Lucas can come up with unbound by the shackles of commercial pressures? Not even a bit?

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